MaryLou Roberts
Suzuki Guitar Teaching
Ann Arbor, Michigan

MaryLou Roberts
Ann Arbor, MI  48103

MMus-The Cleveland Institute of Music
BMus-Wisconsin Conservatory of Music 

Teacher Trainer for:
 - Suzuki Association of the Americas 
 - European Suzuki Association 

My Goals

I get such a big kick out of seeing children play an instrument! They have a zeal for life that is reflected in the way they play and learn. A music education offers so much to both kids and parents; an open working relationship that helps the students and parents get through the teen years together, taking small steps to achieve larger goals, perseverance, attention to detail, following directions, learning to admire performers, loving music….. It is my goal to be the kind of teacher that inspires, at times challenges, at other times lets loose, always giving the best in guitar music and technique. I hope we have many joyful lessons together!


Students generally start Suzuki Guitar between three and eight years old, depending on each child's development and the parent's commitment to attending the lessons, group classes and leading the daily practices. The Suzuki Method is a complete instrumental training that develops the whole child, nurtures playing into adulthood, and prepares them for a life of enjoyment through music making. Aside from taking private lessons, students commit to attending group classes every other week on Tuesdays, usually between 5:45 and 7:15, depending on which group the student is in. Group classes are an essential part of the Suzuki Method and very important for motivation, listening, leading and flexibility.

Music Enhances the Whole Child
Positive Development
Working Together 
    Parent -Teacher - Child 


I enjoy helping others learn to teach, and have helped establish and cultivate Suzuki Guitar programs in the US, Ireland, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Australia.


MaryLou Roberts is Coordinator and Guitar Teacher at the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute of Music since 1992.  
SAA teacher trainer since 2006 
ESA teacher trainer since 2011 
Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors 2010-2013
Chair of the International Suzuki Association Guitar Committee 2011-Present

MaryLou received a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in 1984, and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance, Valedictory Award, from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1986. MaryLou and husband Brian are both enthusiastic about the guitar and classical music, and enjoy talking about life, teaching and guitar playing while on daily morning walks. Their three children grew up as Suzuki students in guitar and violin.